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16 Oct
Traversing The Socioeconomics Of Addiction Many forms of addiction start as a means to escape the psychological and socioeconomic costs of poverty. For the financially fortunate, addiction acts as a medium for self-fulfillment and instant gratification. Addicts, when intoxicated with their substance of preference, think that only they are affected on a personal level. But substance abuse has significant direct and indirect costs, not just for the individual, but also for the family, the [...]
Addiction Problem, Behavioural Addiction, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Gambling Addiction, Opioid Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction, Recreational Drug Addiction, Socioeconomic Status Read More
07 Oct
Exploring The Connection Between ADHD And Addiction Scott’s life did not truly begin to spiral out of control until he finally started to pursue sobriety. He had been addicted to pornography for the better part of 10 years. He finally confessed to his soon to be bride before they got married. Through his own willpower, he was able to maintain an extended period of sobriety. In the years that followed there would be a number of [...]
ADHD, Behavioural Addiction, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Dual Diagnosis, Impulse Control Disorder, Substance Abuse Read More
04 Oct
Talking To Children About Addiction And Mental Illness Overview The relationship between mental illness and addiction to drugs and alcohol is a complex one that has received a great deal of attention in recent years as a public health issue. Research consistently finds a correlation between substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illness, with drug and alcohol abuse being more prevalent among individuals with mental health conditions. Determining whether a mental health condition leads directly to substance abuse [...]
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09 Sep
What Are Safe Injection Sites, And Do They Work? The opioid crisis in Canada gets a lot of media attention these days, and with more than ten thousand deaths due to overdose in the last three years, it is easy to see why. The Government of Canada has introduced Safe Injection Sites that work alongside public health facilities to help battle this issue. Safe Injection Sites are harm reduction facilities where intravenous drug users can legally use illegal drugs. [...]
Addiction Problem, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Drug Use, Opioid Addiction, Overdose Prevention, Recreational Drug Addiction, Safe Injection Sites, Substance Abuse Read More
29 Aug
When Marijuana Becomes Medicine: Are Its Users At Risk Of Becoming Addicted? I can’t sleep, I get irritable, I have anxiety. I get these zaps in my fingers, and my head can’t stop craving cannabis. I can’t function.” These are the complaints of a medical marijuana user to addiction psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Fong. His patient “couldn’t get seven days off without going back to using again.” And yet, despite many cries for help like these, advocates and detractors [...]
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23 Aug
Getting High is A Many Splendoured Thing: The Dangers of Polysubstance Abuse There is a hospital in Brooklyn, New York City, where history was made in taking better care of addicted patients. This is Maimonides Medical Center. Their intensive care unit (ICU) used to have a largely geriatric patient population, but in just two years, they were overtaken by younger patients in withdrawal from alcohol and polysubstance abuse. The majority of the withdrawal patients came from the emergency department. Most of the [...]
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15 Aug
How To Support An Addicted Loved One Without Enabling Them Watching her spouse battle his substance abuse disorder, including both drug and alcohol addiction, was extremely painful for Margaret, especially when he suffered through his failed treatment programs. Every time he entered a rehab centre, Margaret and her family members believed this would be the time that it stuck. The family members all thought they had effective ways of helping him, that if they loved him enough, helped him as [...]
Addiction Problem, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse & Drug Addiction, Drug Use, For Loved One, Substance Abuse Read More
05 Aug
Cannabis Poisoning: The Scourge of Excessive Weed Use It’s intoxicating in the beginning of the relationship,” says Tommy Rosen, referring to his former love affair with weed. Now 26 years weed-free, Rosen is the founder of the Recovery 2.0 Protocol, which helps people stop marijuana use. He speaks out on the dangers of the substance, while the endless debate on its legalization and medical use rages on. Here in Canada, cannabis was legalized nationwide on October [...]
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01 Aug
The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction Derived from leaves of the coca plant, cocaine is a stimulant that elevates dopamine levels to create a feeling of euphoria and increased energy. It is a highly addictive drug that creates a sense of false confidence and invincibility that can lead to irrational decisions and delusional thoughts that could be harmful. Although it sometimes comes in tablet form, cocaine is usually sold as a powder that resembles white flour. [...]
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12 Feb
Drug Use and Abuse In Canada Drug abuse has been a growing problem all around the world, even in Canada. The cost of combating the drug problem is an expensive one that quickly drains resources and the taxpayers wallet. Not only is the monetary cost high but so is the personal cost. Here are some facts concerning drug use and abuse in Canada. Drug Use and Abuse in Canada Drug use and abuse in Canada is [...]
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